The Shaam-E-Sarhad Village Resort opens during mid of October to mid of March. It is the seasonal resort, operated and managed by local community of Hodka village.
The resort is situated in Hodka village, surrounded by an area of impressive natural beauty, an ideal location from which to discover the captivating lands of Kutch.
Hodka village is located in the district of Kutch in the state of Gujarat in India. Hodka is first believed to have inhabited around 300 years ago by the Halepotra clan. Along with the Halepotra, the Meghwals have also settled in Hodka. They are traditionally leather craftsmen and settled in Banni which was rich in livestock.
Tourists are recommended to take the overnight camel safaris, the most famous attractions in the village. The village is most popular for the leather work, which you can take back home as souvenir.
Accommodation at Shaam-e-Sarhad is comfortable, simple and clean. The rooms are set up in local style and decorated with crafts of the area, creating an authentic atmosphere. There are different types of accommodation at the resort: Eco-friendly Tents, Family Cottages, Suite Bhungas and Standard Bhunga.
The Bhungas are circular mud huts with sloping roofs, typical of the Banni region. Each Bhungas has a private open space with arm chairs, an ideal place to relax and look out into nothingness.
Hodka village is quite famous for its art and craft work. Every hamlet in the village has their own distinguish designs and patterns. The area is famous for its leather craft. As part of the tradition every girl in the village is taught to embroider at an age when the other children usually prefer going to the school. Slowly they learn the running stitch, making purses, skirts, cholis, quilt, covers for cattle horn, door hangings, embroidered items embellished with mirrors, shells, beads and tassels, and so on.
You can make a visit around the village accompanied by the local bhomiyas or guides, who give you the proper insight of the village. You get to learn about the lifestyle of the villagers in Hodka. Witness the making of finest embroidery work and leather craft. Converse with the families of the different artisans and discuss about their livelihood. See how the ancient people used to dig out water from the well or virda known locally.
On the excursion trip from the Hodka village head out towards the wetlands of the Chhari Dhand, where you can find the great variety of resident and migratory birds. So do not forget to carry the binoculars and video cameras along with yourself. Covering a total area of around 10 sq. km, Chhari Dhand is a home to more than 50,000 waterfowl’s and 55 distinct animal species. Some of the most endangered species recorded in the area include Dalmatian Pelican, Oriental Darter, Black Necked Stork and Indian Skimmer. Apart from bird watching, you can notice 32 species of raptors along with the large number of common cranes found in this region.
You will explore its typical village houses, meet different artisan families and admire the finest embroidery styles and leather crafts. You will explore the artisan’s families to see their nicely decorated and painted traditional houses, learn about their livelihoods and customs and admire their fine embroideries (Pakko, Neran, Kambhiro, Applique, etc.) and leather work which you can also buy directly from artisans. You will also explore virda or well where you learn about the ancient process of water harvesting in the Banni dry-lands, a flat and dry extension of land similar to Rann of Kutch, to enjoy the particular landscape.
The Hodka Endogenous Tourism seeks to promote local culture and craft based tourism for sustainable livelihoods and integrated rural development. Imagine an authentic and charming retreat, complemented by the unique experience of being hosted by the local community. And the richness of culture that awaits you here.
Designed in local style and exquisitely decorated with mirror work, textiles and other local crafts, the Shaam-E-Sarhad Village Resort is the perfect gateway to a genuine travel experience in India.
By Air: The nearest Airport is Bhuj (65 km). There are daily flights to and from Mumbai. Kandla is about 150 km away and also has daily flights from Mumbai. Jet Airways Domestic Airlines has daily flights between Mumbai and Bhuj, both ways.
By Rail: There are daily trains from and to Mumbai and Delhi via Ahmedabad as well from Bhuj. Gandhidham, which is about 80 km from Bhuj has weekly trains connecting it several parts of the country including Pune, Bangalore, Trivandrum, etc. Ahmedabad is well connected by air and train with the rest of the country.
By Road: From Ahmedabad, Bhuj is about 350 kms away. There are comfortable overnight sleeper buses from Ahmedabad to Bhuj and back which ply daily. Hodka village is 63 km (One and half hour) far from Bhuj.